Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Litquake 2014 - JCC Palo Alto - Sunday, August 17

This Sunday, August 17, the JCC Palo Alto will, once again, host Litquake.  I have gone the last couple of years, and it is a terrific event.  There are over 45 authors who will participate, and all events are free - except for the 7-8 evening event, which is Marcia Clark in conversation (and promoting her new book).  And even that is only $15.

Not only are there workshops and panels from 2:00-5:15, but there's also a social hour, from 5:30-6:30, where you can meet most of the authors.  I met Amy Franklin-Willis, Tracy Guzeman, and Ellen Kirschman at last year's Litquake.  All 3 of them came to VHOB, with Amy's and Tracy's books being VHOB Book Club selections.  Which means, of course, that book club members got to meet both authors, ask them questions, and get books signed. 

There are also kids' events that go from 2-5, if that is of importance to you (my youngest "kid" is 30!).  You can go online to the JCC Palo Alto and see what those events are.  

And in the meantime, here is the schedule of events for the adults: 

Workshops for Adults (2-2:45 pm)

  • Oral Histories – How and Why To Do Them
    Angela Zusman – Executive Director, Story For All; Author, Story Bridges: A Guide to Conducting Intergenerational Oral History Projects
  • Blogging from a Jewish perspective – The Nuts and Bolts
    Moderator: Cheryl Sternman Rule
  • How We Write – A Conversation About Craft
    Hilton Obenzinger (Stanford) in conversation with NY Times bestselling novelist Vikram Chandra, author of the new memoir  Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty


3-4 pm

  • Breakthrough Novelists
    • Ann Gelder – Bigfoot and the Baby
    • Edan Lepucki – California
    • Christina Nichol – Waiting for the Electricity
    • Stuart Rojstaczer – The Mathematician’s Shiva
  • Genre Fiction: On the Fringes?
    Moderator: Evette Davis – Woman King
  • Barbara Rose Brooker – The Viagra Diaries
  • Nick Taylor – The Set-Up Man

  • The Art of the New Yorker
    • Mark Ulriksen – Dogs Rule Nonchalantly
    • Tom Toro – New Yorker cartoonist 
    • Owen Smith – New Yorker cartoonist
  • I See You Made an Effort – Annabelle Gurwitch
    An hour-long journey into the life of comedienne, TV personality and author of I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50
  • Russian Authors
    Moderator: Boris Vladimirsky
    • Igor Yudovich - The American Way: People Who Shaped the Country
    • Mark Shapiro - About Giraffes and Hippos
  • In My Life: Memoir
  • Novella Carpenter – Going Feral
  • Arlo Crawford – A Farm Dies Once a Year
  • Kelly Corrigan – Glitter and Glue
  • Joshua Safran – Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid
  • Cultural Immersions: International tales
    Moderator: Brenda Webster – After Auschwitz: A Love Story
    • Yangsze Choo – The Ghost Bride
    • Kathryn Ma – The Year She Left Us
    • Holly Payne – Damascena: A Novel of Roses and Rumi
    • Ellen Sussman - A Wedding in Provence
    • Shrinks With Ink: Psychotherapist Authors
      Moderator: Ellen Kirschman – Burying Ben
      • Greg Bellow – Saul Bellow’s Heart: A son’s Memoir
      • Jan Harwood – Raging Granny mysteries
      • Kate Levinson – Emotional Currency: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money
    • Suffering and Success in Silicon Valley (co-presented by Jewish High Tech Community)
      Moderator: Greg Mathis, Jewish High Tech Community board of directorsLee Daniel Kravetz and David Feldman, authors of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success (June, HarperOne)
    • Redefining Mainstream: LGBT Stories
      Moderator: Aaron Shurin – MFA prof, author
      • Toby Bielawski – poet
      • Jason Friedman – Fire Year: Stories
      • Karin Kallmaker - Love by the Numbers
    If you can make it, or even part of it, you won't be disappointed.  It's a lot of fun.  I'll be going this year with Joni, Rich, and Leslie, just like the 4 of us did last year.  Can't wait!

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